Austin Peay Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – An eight-minute stretch without a field goal doomed Austin Peay State University women’s basketball in a 72-61 loss to Ohio Valley Conference leader SIU Edwardsville, Wednesday night at the Dunn Center.
Austin Peay (7-14, 5-3 OVC) led by nine points, 40-31, early in the third quarter thanks to a 12-2 run that started at the second quarter’s end.
The Govs scored four points in the final 11 seconds of the second quarter to take a 32-29 lead into halftime.
Austin Peay then opened the third quarter with an 8-2 run, capped by junior center Tearra Banks‘ layup with 6:08 left in the third.
SIUE (13-9, 8-1 OVC) kept the APSU lead from growing larger, trading baskets over the next three minutes. The Govs would push its lead to five points one final time when senior guard Tiasha Gray hit a jumper with 2:32 left in the third.
The Governors shooting woes continued into the final frame, failing to make a field goal over the opening 5:22. All told, Austin Peay went nearly eight minutes without making a shot from the floor, going 0-for-10 with five turnovers. The Cougars capitalized on the drought with a 22-5 run and led by 12 points, 63-51, before Gray hit a jumper with 4:38 left in the game to end the drought.
Austin Peay would get the deficit back to single digits twice in the final three minutes, but could not get closer than nine points the rest of the way.
The Govs made 19 of their first 38 shots before the game-deciding drought. Austin Peay closed the game making just four of their final 17 and finished the game making 41.8 percent for the game.
Senior guard Shronda Butts led SIUE with 20 points, one of a quartet of Cougars to reach double-digit scoring territory. Donshel Beck added a 17-point, six-rebound performance while Lauren White supplied 14 points and CoCo Moore chipped in 10 points.
SIUE shot 54 percent from the floor, making 16 of their final 23 shots. The Cougars also made APSU pay for its miscues, turning 22 Govs turnovers into 34 points.
Austin Peay begins a four-game OVC road trip with a 3:00pm, Saturday contest at Southeast Missouri.
SIU Edwardsville (13-9/8-1 OVC) 72, Austin Peay (7-14/5-3 OVC) 61
Austin Peay 61